Skip to main content. USCIS will apply the final rule to all applications for adjustment of status, and applications and petitions for extension of nonimmigrant stay or change of nonimmigrant status postmarked or, if applicable, submitted electronically on or after that date. For applications and petitions that are sent by commercial courier for example, UPS, FedEx, or DHL , the postmark date is the date reflected on the courier receipt. USCIS will reject any affected application or petition that does not adhere to the final rule, including those submitted by or on behalf of aliens living in Illinois, if postmarked on or after Feb.
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Skip to main content. USCIS will apply the final rule to all applications for adjustment of status, and applications and petitions for extension of nonimmigrant stay or change of nonimmigrant status postmarked or, if applicable, submitted electronically on or after that date.
For applications and petitions that are sent by commercial courier for example, UPS, FedEx, or DHL , the postmark date is the date reflected on the courier receipt.
USCIS will reject any affected application or petition that does not adhere to the final rule, including those submitted by or on behalf of aliens living in Illinois, if postmarked on or after Feb.
The final rule requires applicants for adjustment of status who are subject to the public charge ground of inadmissibility and certain applicants and petitioners seeking extension of stay and change of status to report certain information related to public benefits.
Please read all references to Oct. USCIS will not consider, and applicants for adjustment of status do not need to report, the application for, certification or approval to receive, or receipt of certain previously excluded non-cash public benefits such as SNAP, most forms of Medicaid, and public housing before Feb. Certain classes of aliens are exempt from the public charge ground of inadmissibility such as refugees, asylees, certain VAWA self-petitioners, U petitioners, and T applicants and therefore, are not subject to the final rule.
Read the final rule here PDF. Use this form if you are a U. Submitting Form I is the first step in helping an eligible relative apply to immigrate to the United States and get Green Card. The filing or approval of this petition does not give your relative any immigration status or benefit. We will generally approve your Form I if you can establish a relationship between you and your relative that qualifies them to immigrate to the United States.
Generally, once we approved the petition, your relative may apply to become an LPR. This is the second step in the process. Certain relatives must wait until a visa number is available before they can apply. If your relative qualifies as an immediate relative, an immigrant visa always is available. For more information, please visit our Reporting Fraud webpage.
Help for victims of abuse If you are a battered spouse, child, or parent, you may be eligible to file a petition for yourself independent from your U. For more information, go to the Battered Spouse, Children, and Parents webpage. Special note for U. If you reside in country, we will continue to accept and adjudicate Forms I until March 31, We will reject the form if these fields are missing:.
We will reject any unsigned form. If you pay by check, you must make your check payable to the U. Department of Homeland Security. Service centers are not able to process credit card payments. When you send a payment, you agree to pay for a government service. Filing and biometric service fees are final and non-refundable, regardless of any action we take on your application, petition, or request, or if you withdraw your request. Use our Fee Calculator to help determine your fee.
It is an optional tool to use as you prepare your form, but does not replace statutory, regulatory, and form instruction requirements. We recommend that you review these requirements before completing and submitting your form. Do not send original documents unless specifically requested in the form instructions or applicable regulations. If you submit any documents copies or original documents, if requested in a foreign language, you must include a full English translation along with a certification from the translator verifying that the translation is complete and accurate, and that they are competent to translate from the foreign language to English.
What if I submitted a petition for a relative when I was a permanent resident, but I am now a U. If you become a U. If you are a U. File Online.
Number of Pages Form 12; instructions You can find the edition date at the bottom of the page on the form and instructions. The filing location for a Form I depends on where you live. For a list of U. Did you provide the following? Evidence of U. Embassy or U. Parent: A copy of your birth certificate. Evidence of the bona fides of the marriage, if petitioning for a spouse: Documentation showing joint ownership of property; A lease showing joint tenancy of a common residence, meaning you both live at the same address together; Documentation showing that you and your spouse have combined your financial resources; Birth certificates of children born to you and your spouse together; Affidavits sworn to or affirmed by third parties having personal knowledge of the bona fides of the marital relationship.
If you are filing Form I for your adopted child Evidence of U. Evidence of family relationship, such as a final adoption decree; Evidence you have had legal custody of the adopted child for two years; and Evidence you have had joint residence with the adopted child for two years. You must file a separate Form I for each eligible relative, unless they can be considered a derivative beneficiary.
See the form instructions for more information. We will not accept these types of materials. However, we will accept photographs or copies of these items. Any biological or genetic samples as DNA evidence. Graphic photos of childbirth or intimate relations as evidence of a relationship or marriage.
When you submit their forms, you must include: Evidence of your U. The office address printed on your Form I receipt notice. This infographic shows where to find the address on your receipt notice.
A short letter explaining you are now a U. For more information, call the NVC at Guide for U. Share This Page. Most Popular Forms. Forms Information. Filing Fees. Forms Updates. Customs and Border Protection: Forms. National Visa Center 31 Rochester Ave.
I-130, Petition for Alien Relative
Filing the I petition with U. In the context of a marriage visa , the I petition is filed to prove that your marriage is legally valid based on a marriage certificate. Filing the I petition also establishes your place in line for an available green card. Typically, petitions are processed in the order they are filed.
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